05/09/2016 14:12 EDT | Updated 05/10/2017 01:12 EDT

Scheduled flights between Calgary and Edson, Alta., to start in June

EDSON, Alta. — Jasper tourism officials are welcoming the introduction next month of scheduled air service from Calgary to the town of Edson in west-central Alberta.

Calgary-based Integra Air is planning to launch the three-times-a-week service with a King Air B200 aircraft, which can carry nine passengers. The one-hour flights kick off on June 6, with round-trip fares pegged at $610.

"This is the start of accessible air access into our region and we are excited that Calgary is the first scheduled service into the Edson airport," Tourism Jasper managing director Bryan Attree said.

From Edson it's about 1 1/2 hours to Jasper in the heart of Jasper National Park, compared with a five-hour drive from Calgary.

The carrier is developing packages that would include a return flight from Calgary, Brewster shuttle service to Jasper and a weekend at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Integra Air spokesperson Kaitlyn Bumstead said.

Edson Mayor Greg Pasychny said the new flights will offer "a huge benefit" for area residents and businesses.